Saturday, November 10, 2007

Things to do before your trip

Below is my checklist of things to do before going out of town.

  • Make arrangements for pets.
  • Hold mail. The United States Postal Service has a form you can fill out and place in your mailbox.
  • Suspend newspaper delivery.
  • Turn heat/air up or down.
  • Leave a couple of lights on or place lamps on timers.
  • Shut water off inside the home.
  • Make sure refrigerator and freezer doors are completely closed.
  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn on the house security system.

I've printed out my list and keep it in a plastic sheet protector. Using a dry erase marker, I can check off the tasks I've completed.

Here's an example of a lamp timer:

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